ECRA Climateurope Festival 2017 Poster05-07.04.2017, Valencia, Spain

Climateurope is an initiative that aims to support knowledge exchange for adaptation and mitigation informed by science. The first Climateurope Festival explored challenges and opportunities of climate services with a thematic focus on water sector, natural reserve, and agriculture and food security. Researchers, suppliers, users and funders from across Europe were invited.

ECRA prepared a poster presenting its contribution to climate services and the associated challenges. In line with the Festival's thematic focus, the poster emphasizes the activities of ECRA's Collaborative Programmes Changes in the Hydrological Cycle and High Impact Events and Climate Change.

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For more information on Climateurope and the Festival, check out their website


Poster session outside on 6 April

Climateurope Festival 2017


The International Conference on Regional Climate (ICRC)-CORDEX 2016

17-20 May 2016 Stockholm, Sweden

The International Conference on Regional Climate (ICRC)-CORDEX 2016 brought together producers and users of regional climate information. It focused on high resolution climate information and its applications to the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation community. See also the Conference report.

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ECRA Side Event: Extreme events in a changing climate - Challenges and perspectives in hydro-meteorological modelling

18 May 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome note: Karin Lochte (Director AWI/Germany, ECRA Chair)
Panel: Peter Braesicke (KIT, ECRA Cochair Collaborative Programme High Impact Events), Filippo Giorgi (CORDEX SAT, WCRP), Erik Kjellström (SMHI), Daniela Jacob(GERICS/German Climate Service Center),
Moderation: Ralf Döscher (SMHI)

Invited guests from the climate modelling community shared their experiences with the CORDEX project, climate services and possible applications. The discussion focussed on the needs for better understanding and bridging the temporal and spatial scale gaps between climate system modelling, high resolution hydrological modelling and impact assessments.

The panel concluded that:

  • A better understanding of future risks of extreme events needs the involvement of the stakeholders and data users. This is linked to an efficient and appropriate communication of modelling results which might contribute to improved use of valuable data. Accordingly, a seamless transfer of climate relevant information is a big challenge for climate services.
  • Extreme events in a changing climate are still keenly discussed: which return period do we expect or what is the effective water exchange between soil and atmosphere? Bridging the gap between scientific results and users will need more and iterated communication.
  • For better representation of extremes, scientific efforts are needed to take on higher model resolution.
  • The research community deals with multiple scientific questions, e.g. data quality related to the use of models and uncertainties. Different model outputs may also affect the communication to data users. The Climate science community emphasizes the importance of spatial but also temporal scale of extreme events.

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EGU Townhall Meeting 2013: Shaping future climate research in Europe


ECRA Townhall Meeting

ECRA organised a first Townhall meeting. The meeting had a keynote speech by Dr. Andrea Tilche, Acting Director, Environment Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Paolo Ruti, ENEA, Vice-Chair European Climate Research Alliance; Prof. Dr. Valerio Lucarini, University of Hamburg /ERC Advanced Grant Holder; Dr. Sylvie Joussaume, CNRS, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, FR and Dr. Peter Braesicke, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, UK.

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EGU Townhall Meeting 2017: Polar change and implications for mid-latitude weather – science and policy for society in Europe


The European Polar Board (EPB) convened a townhall session at the European Geosciences General Assembly 2017 in Vienna, titled “Polar change and implications for mid-latitude weather – science and policy for society in Europe”. The session featured a range of experts who each presented on the different elements of the topic before an interactive discussion.

The panel, Chaired by meteorologist and broadcaster Peter Gibbs, consisted of Julienne Stroeve (University College London), Len Shaffrey (University of Reading/National Centre for Atmospheric Research), Hilppa Gregow (Finnish Meteorological Institute) and Tina Swierczynski (European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA)).


The EGU abstract is available here

A paper summarising the key points made by the panellists and recommendations that emerged from discussions, can be found here.

Slides presented during the session can be found here.



05.11.2013, Brussels

During the International Conference on Regional Climate CORDEX in Brussels, ECRA hosted a special session entitled "When models (don't) meet observations - Scale challenges in high resolution climate modelling".

The session consisted of keynotes by Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen, DMI ("How bad can it be: Dealing with imperfect models") and Thomas Jung, AWI ("Challenges and prospects of high-resolution climate modelling"), followed by a panel discussion.

For more information on CORDEX, please visit

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